Cricket is an outdoor sport that requires the players to be exposed to an external environment for multiple hours of the day. Depending on the format of cricket being played, the number of hours for which the players are out playing the sport is determined. For instance, if a player is featuring in a one day or a Test match, then he/she will be out for close to eight hours a day, on the other hand, if the player is playing a shorter format like a T20, T10 or the Hundred, then he/she will be out for roughly three hours of day.
Irrespective of the duration for which the international cricketers are exposed to the external environment, taking care of the skin is of paramount importance for them. Here is the skincare routine for international cricketers
Applying zinc sunscreen
A zinc sunscreen is known to protect the applicants from the harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays IR (infrared) radiations. A zinc sunscreen is typically applied by individuals who are out for longer periods of time exposed to the sun.
For instance, cricket is a sport, which demands the cricketers to remain outdoors for anywhere between four and eight hours of the day atleast. Therefore, it is very important for the cricketers to protect their exposed parts of the body from the harmful UV rays emitted by the sun.
It is a known fact that the cricketers are at a high risk of attracting skin cancer, since they are exposed to harmful UV rays emitted by the sun, for longer periods of time. Be it training or matches, cricketers are required to remain outdoors as a part of their job. Though at some venues, there could be shades to protect the cricketers from the sun rays, even low levels of UV rays have the capability of causing damage to the skin.
Cleaning the face with a face wash
After the match, it is essential for the cricketers to clean their face with a face wash on an immediate basis. All the dirt and sweat settled on their face can be wiped off easily with a face wash. If the dirt and sweat on the face are left unattended then they can cause several facial problems, including rashes, irritation, etc.
Taking shower after the match
Once a cricketer is back to the dressing room, he/she should take a shower. The skin is exposed to a lot of toxic elements in the outside environment. If these elements are not cleaned immediately then they can lead to pores, fungal and bacterial infection, and attract dead cells.
Therefore, taking a shower immediately after the match is a must.
Placing a cool towel on the skin can also work wonders.
Additionally, to remove the zinc sunscreen which the cricketer has applied before the match, he/she should use an oil cleanser to clean it. Further it is important to note that the skin is very sensitive after exertion. Therefore, the cricketers should stay away from harsh scrubbing to clean their skin. Using a gentle cleanser to keep the sweat associated problems at bay can be a good idea.
Eating food items for healthy skin
Foods items which are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, Omega 3 fatty acids and other essential fatty acids are considered to be good for maintaining a healthy skin. Fish, walnuts, broccoli, tomatoes, lemon, sweet potatoes, red and yellow bell peppers, soy, dark chocolate, green tea, red grapes, etc. are some of the food items that the international cricketers can consider including in their diet that will give them the said vitamins, minerals and fats.